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Jewish Members of Congress: David Cicilline (Representative, Rhode Island)

Representative David CicillineRepresentative David Cicilline was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. Prior to his election he was the mayor of Providence, RI. Prior to his mayoral service, Cicilline was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Throughout his career in public service, Cicilline positioned himself as a champion of political reform and firearm safety. Under Cicilline’s leadership, the city of Providence received significant capital investment while crime levels dropped and vibrancy returned to much of the city.

Cicilline was born on the South Side of Providence and later moved with his family to Narragansett, Rhode Island. In 1983, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Brown University, where as an undergraduate he established a branch of the College Democrats with his classmate, the late John F. Kennedy, Jr. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and served as a public defender in the District of Columbia before returning to Rhode Island to open a practice in civil rights law and criminal defense.